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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Front end feels like Iím riding on grooved pavement or ice

Ď17 RGU with tour pak removed. Purchased new one year ago. 8k on odometer.

Rear suspension set stiff based on load recommendation card. Stock hardware.

Front suspension is stock as well.

Tire pressure:
Front = 36 psi
Rear = 40 psi

On inspection everything seems to be tight, no play. But left turns feel very unstable. Right turns feel solid. Straight line I feel like Iím being pulled to the right and the front end feels like it will slide out from underneath me. At all speeds.

Iím not white knuckling it.

This issue began suddenly last week. Feels like it is getting worse.

Additional note: I do not feel any slop or play in the bars. Just an unstable feeling in general in the handling.

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Ď17 RGU with tour pak removed. Purchased new one year ago. 8k on odometer.

Rear suspension set stiff based on load recommendation card. Stock hardware.

Front suspension is stock as well.

Tire pressure:
Front = 36 psi
Rear = 40 psi

On inspection everything seems to be tight, no play. But left turns feel very unstable. Right turns feel solid. Straight line I feel like Iím being pulled to the right and the front end feels like it will slide out from underneath me. At all speeds.

Iím not white knuckling it.

This issue began suddenly last week. Feels like it is getting worse.

Suggestions?


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Inspect your wheel bearings front and rear. Check the front upper motor mount and linkage bolts to make sure one or more haven't backed out.
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How does the tread look on the front tire ? Jack it up and spin the tire and watch it spin. Look for any unevenness or wobble, same with rear.
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Make sure of the input you are getting from the scooter first. A little tire noise can make a cleating issue seem a lot worse than it it.


Check the tires and wheels for bulges, dents or wobbles. If that looks all good, add some air to the tires about 10 lbs. If the symptomes change, its a tire issue.

After you are convinced its not a tire problem, find a straight paint line in a parking lot, see if the scooter will roll along and track with both tires on the paint. You'll need a helper to look for you, or some video cameras. If it wont track, somethings up in the back.

After that check the fall away on the steering head. No need for being exact, just make sure it will fall away and that there is no freeplay or binding.

Then check the wheel bearings, pull the wheels and check them close. While pulling the wheels you can check the brake calipers for dragging.
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How does the tread look on the front tire ? Jack it up and spin the tire and watch it spin. Look for any unevenness or wobble, same with rear.


I will get it up on my lift and spin the wheels. I think the tread looks okay on the surface.


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Spin the front wheel with one hand while holding the end of the axle with the other. If there is any bearing issues you
will feel the crunchiness in the axle.
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Okay... all bolts seem to be snug. Nothing loose.

I did read that all >2000 MY H-Dís maintain constant contact with the disc.

My question is is this excessive rub?

http://Excessive rub? Left side fron...be/rwsCfoBVkJc

http://Excessive rub? Right side fro...be/LOewZymr0hs

Excessive Rub? https://youtu.be/UqqEmP2utAQ


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Okay... all bolts seem to be snug. Nothing loose.

I did read that all >2000 MY H-Dís maintain constant contact with the disc.

My question is is this excessive rub?

http://Excessive rub? Left side fron...be/rwsCfoBVkJc

http://Excessive rub? Right side fro...be/LOewZymr0hs

Excessive Rub? https://youtu.be/UqqEmP2utAQ


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Is that your bike ? Its hard to tell ,but looks like the tire has seen better days.

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Is that your bike ? Its hard to tell ,but looks like the tire has seen better days.


Yes it is my bike. How often should I replace tires? I bought the bike brand new one year ago and it has 8k miles on it.


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Is that your bike ? Its hard to tell ,but looks like the tire has seen better days.

Pic of my front tire



Pic of rear tire





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